Public Disclosure of Proposed Fiscal Year 2024 Valuations

Town of Blandford Board of Assessors
Public Disclosure of Proposed Fiscal Year 2024 Valuations

State law requires assessors to estimate the fair market of all properties within their jurisdiction. With this mandate comes the requirement that assessors conduct annual revaluations. Revaluations not only respond to the ever-changing real estate market but are opportunities for assessors to improve the quality of property data, estimate values that more closely correspond to the market as evidenced by property sales, and improve the underlying valuation methods used to estimate values.

Once every fifth year Blandford’s valuations and the mass appraisal methods used by our office come under review by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 thru June 30, 2024) is such a year. Pending preliminary DOR value certification, we are now permitted to make proposed valuations available to the public for review. The list provided on our website reports Blandford’s new valuations. Our official disclosure period will extend from Tuesday, December 12th to the close of business on Tuesday, December 19th whereupon valuations will be finalized. Beyond that date your right to appeal the assessment requires the timely filing of an abatement application.

Read the full notice for more details.

Property Data Collection in June

Property Data Collection in June

Blandford’s property tax assessment consultant team, Regional Resource Group, Inc., is updating property information into late June. If you see this vehicle stop by your home, yours may be one of the 162 properties for which updated external photographs are being captured for property tax assessment purposes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Administrator.

Tax Rate Calculation Tool

The below table gives residents a sense of the effect on their taxes from different spending scenarios. For example, if an additional $25,000 were raised on top of the existing levy, the FY23 tax rate would increase by 10 cents to $13.76 per $1,000 of value. You can use this tool to assess what any increase in Town expenditures would mean for your personal finances. Remember however that beyond the levy, the Town can fund its operations through state receipts (e.g., Unrestricted General Government Aid) and local receipts (e.g., inspection fees), and other sources that do not directly impact the tax rate. Capital expenses can also be borne by Free Cash, stabilization accounts, grants and other means. For a full understanding of the effect of any proposed spending, we recommend you reach out to Blandford’s Board of Assessors, Treasurer-Collector or the Town Administrator.

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Blandford Tax Rate Effect Scenarios